November 19, 2016



And just to add to the confusion further... In England, a crepe would be called a pancake, with the more 'puffy' version being called a Scotch (or American) pancake!

February 12, 2017


So this word can be used for pancake and crepe? Is there another word specific to pancake?

January 8, 2017


We don't have a specific word for pancakes. After 1989 (when the Communist Regime fell) foreign recipes came in the country and I think the pancakes are called "clătite pufoase" puffy crepes.

January 11, 2017


Thank you so much. I did a bit of searching and I came across quite a few pancake recipes being referred to as "clatite pufoase", "clatite pufoase americane", "clatite americane", and "clatite americane clasice". :)

January 12, 2017


In America, we call them "hot cakes" ("prăjituri calde").

April 24, 2017


Honestly, I don't understand. Most words in Romanian are similar to English or exactly French. Why is this completely different?

November 19, 2016


Native speaker here. I have tried to find the etymology of the word but couldn't. There is a verb "a clăti" that comes from slavonik that means to shake, to move. I presume that the crepes are called "clătite" because that's how you make them, by moving the pan in a round manner to coat it with the liquid.

January 11, 2017


Ah, mersi!

January 11, 2017


That's very interesting. I only knew of "a clăti" as in "to rinse" (dishes, clothes, etc.), but it makes sense since when you rinse clothes you do tend to swirl or shake them around in water to get the suds off.

July 24, 2018


Because Romanian is a mix of many languages.

November 19, 2016


Ok. Thank you.

November 20, 2016


What's a good mnemonic for this word?

December 10, 2016


Check Momzi's answer :)

January 23, 2017


From when I have eaten "clatita" they've always been more similar to crepes. In fact that seems to be the translation my parents suggest.

December 29, 2016


That translation is now available. :)

January 2, 2017


Surprised the word for crepe or pancake isn't closer to so many other Central and East European words. Typically, something like "palachinki" (or however a given alphabet may transliterate it).

July 2, 2017
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